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rival military leaders claim burkina faso after protests fought out the president of the west african country. i am david foster irrelevant watching al jazerra. welcome to the program. also coming uppin. it'up.fighters joining in the ft against isil in kobane. a ceasefire with the nigh jean government. very judge galactic's tourist
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spaceship crashes on a test in california. rival military faxes in burkina faso are struggling for power after the resignation of the president. the leader of 27 years stemmed down on friday after days of violent protests and that leaves questions over who is in charge. in a country seen as an important u.s. ally in the fight against al qaeda in north africa. >> reporter: blaise blaise comer was president for 27 years. there is now a dispute over who is in charge. first the helped army said he would take control. >> translator: people of by keenburkinafaso the president hd and i will assume responsibility of the government and will start immediately in order to return to constitutional life. >> reporter: then the presidential guards' colonel said that he was now head of
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state. >> translator: starting today i assume the responsibilities of this transition as head of the government i will call on the international community and friends of burkina faso to support our people in this difficult time. >> reporter: come pair's resignation was welcomed by main it was his attempts to further extends his time in office that prompted mass protests on the streets of the capital. after days of violence the president did agree not to seek another term in office. but said he would remain in power until next year. >> i call on all parent to put the country a's needs first. i remain open and available for talks until i hand over power to a democratically elected president. >> reporter: they want. >> reporter: but the people wanted him to be out
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immediately. >> mr. blaise compaore issued a statement in which he still says he is heads of state. the opposition said prior to any discussion of political transition, it is pure and simple and, an unconditionable that president blaise compaore must leave. >> reporter: tuesday mark the start of a civil disobedience campaign called by opposition parties. thousands of people took to the streets. demonstrators stormed parliament and set it on fire, they were trying stop the vote that would have allowed the president to run for office again. after days of violence people in burkina faso hope the president's resignation will bring an end to the recent chaos and violence they have had to endure. >> let's bring in political analyst joining us now from the capital of burkina faso via skype. i am talking to you about politics in the country in general in a moment. but let me talk to you first of
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all as somebody who happens to be there while there is all this unrest. what have you been able to see. it's early in the morning where you are, there has been a kerr identify, what has been happening on the streets, any idea? >> yeah, good morning the city is pretty quiet. it's slowly waking up. it's calm. there have been no incidents in the city center last night. no incidents or fires reported so far. and there have been a few injuries insuring that the curfew has been seemed. but not a very big. [ inaudible ] or soldier presence so stkpwhrar is there >> is there any doubt about who is in charge? the generally said that he was taking power, then the colonel said, no, it's me and the colonel took to the air waves. who is running the country. >> actually it's seems that the current leader is running the country.
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he took over the presidential palace around 2:00 a.m., without any big incidents to mention so far. the media, are saying that z i.d. a is president of the country. and the opposition is talking also about him. inning so so far it seems that it's the kennel who is i the zi. >> the president compaore was a friend. united states in helping with the counter terrorism. where would colonel department are z -ida. [ inaudible ]. we don't know yet.
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[ inaudible ] the position of. >> okay, you can tell, we can tell from the audio you are breaking up. we are losing the signal. we'll get back to you. >> sorry. >> about the broad irrelevant political picture when we have stabilized that, but for now thank you very much for giving us your view on his what is is exactly happening this hour in burkina faso, thank you. boko haram has leased a video denying that it has agreed to a ceasefire with the nigerian government. the leader has ruled out future talks with no negotiations taking place. he also claims that the 219 school girls boko haram kidnapped in april have converted to islam and been married off. iraqi peshmerga soldiers have now crossed the board briefs turk any to syria to join the fight against isil. convoys, vehicles loaded up with heavy weaponry, antiaircraft guns and rocket launchers as well as the fighters seen here.
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the peshmerga fighters are joining syrian kurdish forces who are already defending the besieged town of kobane. the turkish president says he doesn't understand the push to arm isil opposition in kobane. >> translator: i want to stress one important thing about kobane, why kobane? why not other towns like homs or why not even. [ inaudible ] why not a rookie territory, 40% of which is occupied by isis. why aren't there interventions in these areas and why only in co ban any. >> let'kobane. >> we saw the convoy moving there undercover the darkness, understandably trying to avoid daylight hours, i don't know what you were able to see, but do you believe all the equipment and all of the men that they wanted to move has now crossed the border? >> reporter: essentially all of
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it, david has crossed over, barring a couple of oil tankers, that's according to officials at the border town. those that we have been speaking to and following the movement of this convoy of peshmerga fighters since they entered turkey a few days ago, as i say the convoy consists of heavy weaponry, they are being brought in on soft top vehicles. vehicles that are easy to target. why? because they look any sort of armor, they had to travel under the cover the night. and it's important that even then they weren't able to enter through the main border crossing, known as. [ inaudible ] because isil fighters started attack that go and were forced to enter through a decoy route in to the western side of the town. as they broke out the residents and those following them say the vehicles disappeared in to the
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town taking up we suppose their positions waiting for the next stage raging on. >> president erdogan's comments were they designed for the broader turkish public rather than suggesting any change of policy in allowing iraqi peshmerga fighters to go in with weaponry? >> well, his comments are consistent with that coming out from the government since the kobane crisis began. the turkish government and speaking to officials, they believe that they are -- there is an attempt to drag the country in to some sort of war that they are not ready to fight or unwilling to fight. and that is what the -- what the turkish government is saying is there is all this pressure to arm those fighting isil and kobane, but those fighting isil are kurdish groups which the turkish government as well as the united states consider to be terrorist groups as well, they are prescribed groupings by washington that's why the government here views that there
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is some sort of conundrum orin consistency at least in that policy. add today that, the turkish government has consistently said that the assad regime, the government in damascus has killed up to 200,000 if not more civilians and why hasn't there been such a push especially after the use of alleged chemical weapon weapons why nota similar push. that's the turkish government's response. they have to juggle that with the fact there is a significant kurdish community who want interference or do want to insure that isil does not take over the town that's why it's a tightrope to walk on. >> understand, thank you there close to the syria-turkey border. ray bomb went off in egypt's sinai peninsula injuring seven soldiers, it was plants odd a road. a road iced by army patrols and police. 30 soldiers were killed last week in another explosion in the same area.
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al jazerra continues to demand the immediate lease of three journal i feels he did trained in egypt now for three off eight days. peter getterrer bahar may get gr mohamed. the world's very first plane designed to rocket tourists to the edge of space has crashed during a test flight. virgin galactic spaceship two came down in the california desert killing a pilot and injuring another. tom ackerman reports. >> reporter: this was the 35th test polite for the passenger plane, by only the fourth time it had been due to reach the edge of space under its own power, as seen in the last test mission a carrier aircraft lifted it to a height of almost
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14,000 meters. at that point, the plane was supposed to separate, ignite its own rocket motor and climb to an altitude of 21,000 meters. instead, the plane crashed in to the mojave desert floor north of los angeles. one pilot was killed. another injured. >> i knew when other themes weren't happening it wasn't because of something did happen. it was a what i was not hearing and not seeing. and so it was, you know, if there was a huge explosion, it didn't occur, i didn't see it. >> reporter: more than 700 people have paid dips for a seat aboard the enterprise, which would give them just a few minutes ride in space. the in addition ticket price, $250,000. >> we are going to get through it. the future rests in many ways on hard days like this. but we believe we owe it to the
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folks who were flying these vehicles. >> reporter: the crash cage the same week another private commercial space mission failed. an unmanned rocket carrying experiments and supplies for the international space station was deliberately blown up shortly after launch above the u.s. east coast. virgin galactic has said the timing of its plane as first commercial roll out would be based on a safety-driven schedule think now that timetable has been thrown in to even more uncertainty. tom ackerman, al jazerra. still ahead on this program, we'll taking a look at the political challenges facing yemen. a country preparing for a peace process and a new government. plus. >> reporter: i am gabriel elizondo in sao paulo brazil a city experimenting with economically friendly battery-powered public buses, if successful it could change transportation here.
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♪ ♪ you are watching al jazerra i am david foster these are the top stories this hour. this is a struggle for power inside the west african country of bikini faso with two rival military leaders say this they are in control it appears that colonel zida is in control of the broadcasting outlets there, he said he was taking power after another man said that he was the new leader.
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the nigerian rebel group boca ham ran is denying a ceasefire with the government. the leader ruled out future talks with no negotiations taking place. iraqi peshmerge soldiers have crossed the border from turk any to syria to join the fight against isil. convoys carried heavy weaponry, as well as the fighters themselves. the peshmerga soldiers are joining syrian forces already in kobane. now, tribal lea leaders in. yemen has been trying to find a solution to the political problems there. they have tkpw*pb given the houthi government 10 days to form a government or face the formation of an alternative administration there was denied by another houthi elder. a report. >> reporter: there are concerns the unrest and fighting in yemen are threatening the unity of this nation and pushing it
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closer to civil war. weeks after shia houthi rebels took over the capital and many provinces, there is a political deadlock. the u.n. brokered peace and partnership agreements signed last month has failed to produce a new government or to end the crisis. he is responsible for helping them keep their country together. >> the situation is very serious. this whole transition is under threat. and stroerld developments have occurred basically a militia took over the capital and the world hardly noticed. >> reporter: but despite their huge challenges, he insists the peace deal is the only way forward to build a democratic state. >> this agreement has three parts, a political part that really can give a push, you know, to the peace process so it can move forward with the formation of a new government.
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an inclusive government and at the same time, a government of tech contracts and economic part and most important the security part. as i said we starred with the parties committing, you know, to reestablish the authority of the state. and the security part that deals with issues of disarmament, ceasefires and so on. >> reporter: there is no indication that these fighters will disarm or leave the capital any time soon. the takes to form a ube any government of at the time contracts will take time. that period started in 2011 after the president was toppled in the wake of popular protests.
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they want to hold election to his ensure the process. they are dealing with decades old problems, poverty, tribalism, corruption and divided military and the influence of the former president the houthi rising power, the spread of al kited a and increasing separatist movement in the south. the u.n. warns without assistance yemen could collapse. a u.s. nurse has won a court battle after being quarantined. state officials in maine tried to impose a 20 within-day isolation on casey hickox, a judge said she must continue daily monitoring but poses for threat. she defied the voluntary quarantine on thursday by taking a bike ride. it's the final weekend of campaigning in the u.s. midterm elects the republicans need to gain six seats to control the senate if they keep the house of
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representatives, the president barack obama will find his party pitted against the republican-controlled congress. here is white house correspond end patty kil patty culhane. >> reporter: american voters are divided over issue but one thing they agree on is state of the campaigning. >> obnoxious. >> lug i. ugly. >> bashing the other candidate and no the issue you. >> reporter: one ad features a burping shark. and another a candidate actually fighting an alligator. >> i grew up cass trading hogs on an iowa farm 67 that's right. that dint tell you a lot about the politics. to win candidates need more than just members of their own party, the people who subscribe to their every belief. a record number, 42% of the american people now call themselves independent. more than the 25% who call
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themselves republicans or the 30 within% that say they are democrats. the two parties have defined themselves simply. republicans say they stand for lower taxes, less government. democrats say they are for empowering the lower and middle classes with social programs. >> the house is not in order. >> reporter: and over the last several years, both parties have all but refuse today compromise and april -- on pretty much anything. >> i will not yield to you. >> reporter: they agree on reformal the tax code and immigration system some analysts think that is much more likely to happen if republicans win control of the senate. >> republicans have gotten a reputation for being unbending, uncompromising, obstructionists, the producers, principle producer of gridlock in a phrase the party of no. and the republicans have some incentives over the next couple of years to demonstrate that had they can say more than no. that they can be a governing party.
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>> reporter: this is an lex marked by candidates from both parties promise to go governor, to make washington work, if there is one other thing americans seem to agree on, right now, the government is as broken as the building they work in. patty culhane, al jazerra, washington. u.s. prosecutors are asking for the death penalty for a man accused of murdering two policemen in an ambush in pennsylvania. 31-year-old eric prein arrived in court his phase heavily bruised after seven weeks on the run. he was captured in an abandoned plane hang o hangar on thursday. police have arrested a suspect involved in the murder of the country's football captain. he was shot dead on sunday in johannesburg. police say it was a robbery gone wrong, the suspect, 25-year-old has now appeared in court. australia and new zealand are mark 100 years since their
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troops left to fight in world war i. thousands of people gathered in the western australia city of albany where the first convoy departed from in 1914. both leaders of australia and new zealand were present to pay their respects. smog, an amalgamation of fog and smoke is a major problem in the biggest city in brazil so sao paulo is switching to battery powered buses as gabriel eelizondo reports. >> reporter: it's another typical busy morning at the main bus terminal in the sao paulo suburbs. but some of these commuters will be riding in to work on anything but a typical form of transportation. this is an all electric, battery powered public bus. one of several going through a trial run in sao paulo. the first of its kind to be put in to operation in south america and only a small handful of cities armed the world. in the first month they were put in to operation, more than
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100,000 passengers used the buses. >> translator: it doesn't make pollution, it's faster, and doesn't make noise. >> translator: it runs entirely on rechargeable lithium ion batteries. four times a day the bus is quickly fueled up on the electricity at this charging dock. >> reporter: there are more than 20,000 regular diesel powered buses like this in the city of sao paulo. one of the biggest fleets of buses of any city in the world. right now, less than 2% are battery powered. but if this e-bus experiment takes off and grows he would have edge environment and economic benefits as women. current in cities like sao paulo, more than 10% of the city gdp just is from the cause of congestion, so therefore providing better solutions and designing that from the beginning on in a better way,
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certainly something where lots of cities can also learn from this. >> reporter: city officials remain optimistic on the prospects, but say they first have to prove it can work on a small scale. >> translator: this is a bus that is perfect from an environment and performance point of view. now we are collecting analysis of financial date to see if it will permit us to do this with even more buses. for now it's a small step, but perhaps with big ramifications for the environment. gabriel elizondo, al jazerra, sao paulo. protest nurse mexico have been demand that go authorities find the 43 students who have been missing since september. hundreds of demonstrators rallied in acapulco on friday. the search continues for the students. they disappeared after a confrontation with local police officers in the city of in the guerrero state. investigators claimed police detained the student and handed them over to a criminal gang.
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pakistan is one of the world's biggest producers of pine nuts. but a long military campaign in the northern region of the country along the afghan boarder has made things difficult for the people growing the nuts there and those that trade on them for their livings. more from think pakistan. >> reporter: this is a monday in pakistan's northern region near the border with. [ inaudible ] it's a time of the year when locals bring pine nuts to this market. earn here is busy. this man is filling sacks full of pine nuts. known for the locals as. [ inaudible ]. which are intricately sorted out by hand in what can take several hours each day. but nearby, some are using basic machines to save time and labor. pakistan has one of the largest
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pine nuts growing forest in the mountain range along the afghan border. although pine nuts are found abundantly in other parts of the country rick the ones from north and south are known for their unique tastes. in good times pine nuts can fetch a lot of money, by because of the conflict in the tribes are complaining that they are losing a lot of money at a time when they need it most. a large military operation against foreign fighters in the area has forced over 800,000 people out. >> translator: we are poor people, transportation costs have risen from 2,000 to 8,000 rubies, that is effecting the economy of the people in the country. the government should open the routes and help us with our problems. >> reporter: in 2012, the price of pine nuts was around $10 a kilo. but because of the military
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operations in the area, it is proving difficult to transport the commodity to the market. >> translator: a timely deliver is sensual because like a vegetable the bine nuts goes back very quickly. due to the military operation the time of transportation and unpredictable weather the pine nits are rotting. we are losing lots of money locally and business with the international market. >> reporter: although traders may have their own problems, the locals complain that it is the middleman who make the most money. analysts say pakistan can significantly increase its production by using more modern technology. and creating new ways of preserving its pine nuts. al jazerra, pakistan. china has successfully retrieved an experimental space craft that flew around the moon and back. the unmanned experimental lunar orbiter returned to earth after a successful eight days in space. it was a test run for a 2017
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mission that aims to have a chinese space craft land on the moon and then retrieve samples before returning to earth. go to if you want more on all of our headline stories. and a great deal more. >> modern elections are said to be in their hands. more than half the electorate, women voters, they're the inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. as this election day, as any election day approaches, experts slice and dice the voting population trying to figure out where different voters are going, why, and who gets the advantage. one of the biggest gaps between republicans anmo